Suspects on the run following armed robbery in Hamden

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Only News 8 has the surveillance video showing a violent armed robbery of a Hamden Metro PCS cell phone store.  It happened Tuesday night just before closing time.

“He came running inside with a gun,” said store co-owner Kiran Bollu, who was on duty with a second worker at the time.  He explained to News 8’s Mario Boone in chilling detail what the hooded bandits said to them during the heist.

“He goes, ‘I’m going to kill your friend if you don’t sit down’.”

Bollu said they cooperated because there was little doubt the robbers would pull the trigger.

“He put the gun to his head,” Bollu said.

The masked men got away with $1,200 in cash and dozens of high-end cell phones in stock only for the Christmas week rush.

“They had the iPhone 5, iPhone 6, 7, 8,” said co-owner Tamara Bollu, as well as the “Samsung Galaxy S5, S6, S7 and S8.”

They crooks even stooped as low as stealing the dummy phones off showroom floor.

We did some digging and found it’s not the first robbery at this same store.  Earlier this month a snatch-and-run duo of teens pretended to be customers before running off with several phones.  Video captured that as well.

“Keep an eye out and call the cops as soon as you see them because they are roaming around with a gun,” Tamara Bollu said.

Hamden police issued a news release about the robbery nearly 12 hours after it happened, once News broke the story online.  So far no arrests have been made in either case.

If you recognize the men in the video contact Hamden police.

Web Extra: Watch the full surveillance video below